Investing in Children Blog

12th Annual Kids First Day was a success!

We couldn't have asked for better weather! A beautiful blue sky and an ideal temperature of 23 degrees created the perfect backdrop for the 12th Annual Kids First Day held on June 10, 2016.

Thanks to our sponsor Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London and our more than 50 partners, children and their families were able to enjoy loads of free or low-cost activities, events and places to visit throughout London and surrounding area.

Seeing as it was a PA day for both Thames Valley District School Board and London Catholic District School Board, Kids First Day gave thousands of children a great way to spend the day off  of school with all fun activities and it also gave parents a way to keep the little ones occupied. 

There was such a myriad of activities for children to choose from that no matter what a children’s interests are there was sure to be an activity they would love to try!

There were various arts and crafts for kids to express their creative side. Science experiments and other STEM activities for the avid learner were also available. For those who like to be active Aikido class, open gyms, swimming, mini-golf, scavenger hunts and indoor and outdoor playgrounds could be visited. There was also a magic show full of not only tricks but some comedy as well. On top of that, many local attractions and museums also agreed to participate and offered great places to visit.

Children also  had fun taking their passport around to the different venues to gain signatures for a chance to win prizes that were generously donated.

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Overall, a great day was had by both children and the partners!

We want to send a big thank you out to the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London for sponsoring Kids First Day and to all of the wonderful businesses and organizations who opened their doors to children and their families with free or low-cost events or donated a prize: 

  • Adventures on Wonderland
  • Aikido Network
  • ArtVenture Art Studio
  • Boys and Girls Club of London
  • Carling Heights Optimist  Community Centre
  • Chapters South
  • Childreach
  • Covent Garden Market & London Community Resource Centre
  • Early Brainstorm Inc 
  • East Park Golf Gardens
  • Eldon House
  • Families First CAPC
  • Family Centre Carling Thames & LUSO Community Services
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village
  • Girl Guides of Canada
  • Home Depot - East London Location
  • Indigo North
  • La ribambelle 
  • London Children’s Museum
  • London Public Library Branch
  • Mad Science of London
  • Mastermind Toys London North
  • Mastermind Toys London South
  • Michaels, South London Location
  • Museum London
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • Ontario Early Years - London Fanshawe
  • Palasad North
  • Rainbow Cinema
  • Scholar’s Choice North London
  • Scouts Canada
  • Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum
  • South London Community Pool
  • Storybook Gardens
  • The Berkshire Club - Sifton Properties
  • The Grand Theatre
  • Westmount Family Centre
  • Whitehills Childcare Centre
  •  YMCA StoneyCreek

If you are interested in hosting an activity for Kids First Day 2017, please email us at We would love to add you to the list!